Cleverly done, What’s Up, What’s Down? is a “look everywhere” book. By that I mean, the book must be turned on its side and read from bottom-to-top in the first half, and top-to-bottom in the second half. It’s a lot of fun and very clever! The story begins, “WHAT’S UP if you’re a mole?” (turn the page) “Loose, rich soil/sewn together with/thread-fine roots./What’s up if you’re a root?” And so on. It’s a beautifully poetic introduction to the natural world.
Simply told in rhyming verse, AN ISLAND GROWS, traces the development over time of a volcanic island. A short description and bibliography follows at the end of the book with a few more details about volcanic island growth. This book makes a find compliment to other, more traditional nonfiction resources.
Another simply gorgeous book, poetically written, brilliantly executed and illustrated, PICK, PULL, SNAP is a book teachers in the primary grades will enjoy using to introduce the life of a seed, from flower to fruit. Each tri-fold spread opens to a reveal the “mystery” fruit. Also included is more about pollination, with additional information provided about planting each seed mentioned.